Battery update for 2012 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt, a five-door hatchback with an electric motor to power it, is different from other electric cars because it has a range of over 350 miles thanks to a small petrol engine which can extends the life of the battery when needed.

It means the car can run on electric power via a charger or through the petrol engine, which will in turn recharge the battery while on the move.

Despite a five-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP tests prior to its UK launch, Chevrolet has updated the battery and coolant systems further amid concerns over a Chevrolet Volt in the US which has been severely damaged in a crash breaking out in an electrical fire days after the crash.

Although this has not happened to any of the cars on US roads, Chevrolet has taken steps to further enhance the battery safety in its new model.

“The Volt has always been safe to drive. Now, we will go the extra mile to ensure our customers’ peace of mind in the days and weeks following a severe crash,” said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of Global Product Development.

The Chevrolet Volt was tested in the EuroNCAP crash tests including a specialist test for electric cars to gauge the impact of a collision on the battery and was awarded five-stars, the maximum safety rating allowed.

Expected to be priced from around £28,000, the Chevrolet Volt will come with road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions and exemption from the London congestion charge when it arrives in UK Chevrolet dealerships.

Chevrolet also predicts fuel economy above 100mpg for the car which was named North American Car of the Year for 2011, the top award for new cars on the continent.

The Chevrolet Volt will be the sister car to the almost identical Vauxhall Ampera in the UK. However, the styling will be slightly different on both and the Ampera will be the more premium of the two in terms of materials and equipment.